Greetings From the President...Toni Zimmer
One of the nicest moments that unfolded during our 59th Biennial Convention, was when local League representatives from all across the state walked up to the front of the auditorium to share their achievements of the past two years. I was genuinely touched by the dedication and pride that exuded from each and every one of them as they spoke out to the audience: We promoted public meetings being shown on TV...We presented an author of a book as guest speaker...We provided an internship in democracy at the local High School...We donated a large American flag to our town. This is just a sampling of the many contributions our local Leagues, MALs and ILOs have made and continue to make to their communities.
I want to sincerely thank each of you for entrusting me with serving as your president, and I'm looking forward to taking on the responsibilities that come along with the position. During the next two years of my presidency, I am determined and especially delighted to set out on a tour throughout our state that will be specifically dedicated to meeting as many of you as possible. It just seems like the natural road to follow. By getting to know each other, and sharing our ideas and aspirations for the League, we can only make it stronger. I'm very excited about the possibilities that can come from this, and I hope you are too!
From the Executive Director...Kerry Butch
Upon entering our building at 204 State Street, you are immediately enveloped by a sense of history. Built in 1885 for a Roebling family member, the four story structure is an outstanding example of Trenton's 19th century architecture; fireplaces with intricate tiles, high ceilings, a craftsman style staircase.
Also throughout the building is historic League of Women Voters of New Jersey memorabilia. For example, the pens the Governors used to enact legislation on Child Labor, Civil Rights, Fair Employment, Enrichment of Bread and Flour, and Constitutional Referendum. It reminds us of the history of the League and how powerful it has been in fighting for legislation and changing the lives of all New Jersey's citizens.
Equally impressive is the building's location. It is an arms length away from the New Jersey Capitol Building. Legislation is being crafted and determined a stone's throw from our offices.
As I begin work with the LWVNJ, I wish to acknowledge its rich history and power as well as its potential to shape New Jersey's future.
I thank the Board of Trustees for selecting me to be its new Executive Director and look forward to our work together.
Kerry Margaret Butch
Climate Change and Coastal Hazards
When: Wednesday, May 25, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Toms River Library, Mancini Hall, 101 Washington Street, Toms River
RSVP Online or Call 732-349-6200 (option 0)
This event is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
Join world-class scientists and other experts as they discuss the effects of climate change and other coastal hazards on the New Jersey shore. The conference will feature presentations by experts on climate science, coastal hazards, shore impacts, shore economics, risk assessment, and coastal adaptation. The focus will be the entire Jersey shore. This is an excellent opportunity to participate in discussions with world-class scientists and other experts on critical issues affecting our coastal environment.